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Byline: By Robin WEIR

SHREWD punters who piled into Partners In Jazz were singing all the way to the bank.

David Barron's charge had a string of duck eggs to his name but that didn't put off the big hitters.

One bookie laid the five-year-old to lose 25 grand and a string of smaller bets forced the Jazz down from 12s to 8-1 in the ultra competitive totesport Victoria Cup handicap at Ascot.

And the result never looked in doubt after Ryan Moore drove his mount into the lead at the furlong pole to go on and win by just over a length.

Placed in numerous top handicaps last season Partners In Jazz ran out a decisive winner of the pounds 85,000 race.

Marching Song (25-1) was second a neck in front of Prince of Thebes (33-1) with Pinpoint (12-1) filling the minor berth.

Favourite Notability, ridden by Frankie Dettori, looked to have an unlucky run and finished mid-division.

Trainer Karl Burke continued his purple patch when Akarem gained a second successive Listed race success in the Bovis Homes Buck-hounds Stakes.

A winner at 20-1 on his previous start at Hamilton the five-year-old went off at 16-1 this time but won like a short priced jolly.

Admiral's Cruise was a huge mover in the on-course market and went off at 5-4 under Dettori.

But after travelling smoothly into the straight he looked unhappy on the faster ground and weakened quickly as Pat Cosgrave swooped on Akarem.

The combination stormed four lengths clear of Frank Sonata who held Profit's Reality by a head.

Dettori eventually got off the mark when he booted home Trafalgar Bay, 4-1 joint favourite, in the closing sprint.

At Newmarket, Red Rocks (15-8) ran out an impressive winner of the Listed Shadwell Estates Fairway Stakes over a mile and two furlongs.

Trainer Brian Meehan landed the race 12 months ago with stable star David Junior and will no doubt be hoping this son of Galileo can go on to reach those heights.

Jimmy Fortune took up the running going into the Dip then powered four lengths clear of Degas Art in the style of a horse that can go on to even better things.

Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam and jockey Eddie Ahern landed a quickfire double.

Cousteau took the opener at 7-4 and Tariq (14-1) landed the next. Minutes after taking the Victoria Cup, Thirsk trainer Barron completed an across-the-card double with Skhilling Spirit at Haydock.

The 3-1 favourite looked to be struggling under Jamie Spencer in the early stages of the six-furlong Listed contest.

But Skhilling Spirit picked up well to nail long-time leader Guto close home..

Local boy Paul Hanagan had a day to remember.

The young star booted home a 749-1 treble highlighted by Anna Pavlova's victory in the pounds 100,000 Silver Bowl.


Sweet music: The grey Partners In Jazz and Ryan Moore stay on strongly to lift Ascot's Victoria Cup
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 28, 2006
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